10 Reasons to Grow Roses
1. Roses are beautiful and widely varied. The most obvious benefit, roses are gorgeous! The Rosaceae family is also very large with over 10,000 rose species. Roses come in many forms, sizes, colors, and fragrances.
2. The smell of roses is calming. The fragrance of roses helps to calm nerves and relieve stress. Growing them in your environment brings daily soothing aromatherapy.
3. Roses attract beneficial insects and critters. Rose thorns are excellent at protecting small furry creatures and feathered friends from predators, and the blossoms attract bees and butterflies!
4. Rose is an uplifting herb. The volatile oil in rose has many healing properties, including being antidepressant/anti-anxiety. It is cooling, calming for the nerves, and helps ease tension.
5. Rose is a powerful antimicrobial astringent. You may have seen rose water in skin cleansers, this is why! Rose's power goes beyond clean skin and acne treatment, rose is great for wound care too. Rose petals are a vulnerary, meaning they cause new cell tissue growth. Rose is also great for burns and sunburns thanks to it's cooling action.
6. Rose is good for your heart. Rose is a cardiac tonic, cools inflammation in the vascular system, and helps to restore tone to lax tissue.
7. Rose is great for your skin and hair. Rose water, rose petal & leaf poultice, and rose hip oil are all soothing and revitalizing for the skin. Rose hip oil is renowned for healing scar tissue, preventing wrinkles, and soothing psoriasis and eczema. Rose water or rose petal vinegar makes an excellent hair rinse.
8. Rose is good for your digestive system. Rose's astringent action helps out here too, helping to ease diarrhea and heal intestinal wounds, inflammation, infections, and ulcers. Both the petals and roots are good for this use.
9. Rose hips are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. In the fall, rose hips are a tart treat loaded with vitamins C, A, B, D, and E. They're also packed with bioflavonoids and nearly all the medicinal properties of the petals.
10. Rose is a great addition to foods and drinks. Rose petals make a decadent addition to salads or cocktails. Rose hips make a tasty jam, jelly, chutney, or could be added to baked goods like muffins.
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